Easy Vegetarian Tostadas Recipe (2024)

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This Vegetarian Tostadas Recipe is ready in only 30 minutes and can be easily customized for everyone in the family. These are packed with veggies, mashed avocado, refried beans and a lime slaw for a tasty and healthy-ish combination!

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These Vegetarian Tostadas packs a lot of Mexican inspired flavors and feature a fresh cilantro slaw, cooked veggies, avocados, refried beans and more. These are perfect for a weeknight family dinner and ready in about 30 minutes. For faster and easier prep, some elements can even be made ahead of time for dinner in a flash.

I love making these for my family, because they can be easily customized meaning everyone is happy. Add on all your favorite toppings, swap in some meat or a different vegetable to create your perfect veggie tostada.

Ingredient Notes

Tortillas: Traditionally tostadas are made with corn tortilla shells, and I recommend sticking with that. Flour tortillas do not get crispy with baked or fried and will not have the same effect or flavor.

Refried Beans: Be sure to use vegetarian refried beans with making this tostadas recipe to keep it vegetarian. You can use store bought beans and just warm them up, or make your own from scratch. Personally, I usually go the store bought route to save time.

Avocados: Ripe avocados work best for this vegetarian tostadas, because they mash easily and will have a creamy texture. If you want to save some time on prep you can use guacamole in place of the mashed avocado.

Why You'll LOVE This Recipe!
Prep Ahead Options for Less Mess & Stress at Meal Time
Versatile:
Loads of Customizations Ideas and Combinations
Ready in About 30 Minutes

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Instructions

Avocado Prep

  1. Slice avocados in half with a sharp knife and remove the large seeds.
  2. Scoop out the flesh of the avocado halves with a spoon and add to a large prep bowl.
  3. Add in lime juice, salt and pepper and mash with a spoon or fork until your desired texture is reached. I like mine a little chunky. Set aside until ready to assemble the tostadas.

Leftover Storage
I recommend storing all the elements of these vegetarian tostadas separately, then assembling when ready to eat. The slaw, sautéed veggies, vegetarian refried beans and mashed avocado should be kept in airtight containers in the fridge. The homemade tostadas shells need to be stored in an airtight bag at room temperature. The shells will last a week, the mashed avocado up to 1 day and the remaining elements will stay fresh for up to 4 days.

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Slaw & Tostadas Prep

  1. Combine shredded green cabbage, lime juice, salt, pepper, and fresh cilantro to a medium sized prep bowl.
  2. Gently toss to combine and set aside.
  3. Lay corn tortillas in an even layer on a large baking sheet. Mist both sides with olive oil and sprinkle on salt and pepper.
  4. Bake at 425 degrees F for 8-10 minutes flipping halfway through. The tortillas should be crispy and slightly browned. While the tortillas are baking cook the vegetables.

Time Saver Tips!
To save on prep work you can make the slaw up to 24 hours ahead of time and store in the fridge until ready to use. Additionally, you can bake the tostada shells ahead of time and store at room temperature, or use a store-bought brand.

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Veggie Prep

  1. Slice and chop your red onion.
  2. Remove the ribs and seeds and chop the orange pepper into small pieces.
  3. Slice and chop the zucchini into small pieces. Make sure to salt it a big to help it release some excess moisture.
  4. Add chopped vegetables, frozen corn, lime juice, salt, pepper, cumin and paprika to a large skillet. cook on medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes until vegetables are soft and fragrant.

Additional Veggie Ideas
I really enjoy the veggie combination I use, but some others can be added or swapped in. You could use a different variety of pepper or onion, add some diced jalapeno for some spice, chopped tomatoes, or diced potatoes.

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Assembly

Now that all the elements are completed, it is time to assemble the tostadas. I usually let every assemble there own, so they can be customized the each individuals liking.

  1. Begin by gently smearing some warm refried beans on a warm tostada shells. I usually use ¼-1/3 of a cup for each tostada.
  2. Next, smear on some of the mashed avocado. I usually add about 2 tablespoon per tostada.
  3. Divide the cooked veggies between the 6 tostadas and add over top of the mashed avocado.
  4. Finally sprinkle on some of the cilantro lime slaw over top.
  5. Now, you can customize a bit more. You can add some cheese (my favorite is cotija), salsa, sour cream, hot sauce, fresh cilantro, or more.

Meat Options
If vegetarian isn't your jam, you can absolutely add in some meat in place of the cooked vegetables. Some good meat options include taco meat, carne asada, cilantro lime chicken or pork carnitas.

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FAQS

What is the difference between tostada and taco?

The biggestdifferenceis that atostadais flat and made on a crispy corn tortilla shell.While tacos can be made with hard corn tortilla shells they are not flat, and usually are made with soft corn or flour tortillas then folded.

Is a tostada a tortilla?

Tostadasare corntortillasthat have been baked or fried until crispy and topped with ingredients like beans, cheese, meat or vegetables.

What do you eat with tostadas?

Some great toppings for tostadas include slaw, lettuce, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, cheese, or hot sauce. For the main elements of a tostadas I recommend using beans, taco meat, roasted vegetable or shredded chicken.

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Pro Tips

Don't Overload
I recommend sticking with the recipe and not adding additional element or the veggie tostadas will be super overloaded and break. You can of course make swaps and substitutions like meat or different veggies, but I recommend subtracting or cutting an element in half when adding something in.

Be Gentle
When spreading on the refried beans and the mashed avocado be careful not to spread too hard of the tostada shell can break. If that happens, no need to fret they will still taste wonderful!

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Easy Vegetarian Tostadas

Caitlyn Erhardt

This Vegetarian Tostadas Recipe is ready in only 30 minutes and can be customized for everyone in the family.

5 from 10 votes

Prep Time 15 minutes mins

Cook Time 10 minutes mins

Total Time 25 minutes mins

Course Main Course, Main Dish

Cuisine American, Mexican, Tex-Mex

Servings 6 Servings

Calories 325 kcal

Ingredients

Mashed Avocado

Cilantro Lime Slaw

  • 1 ½ Cups Shredded Green Cabbage
  • Cup Fresh Cilantro Leaves Roughly Chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Lime Juice
  • Sea Salt To Taste
  • Ground Black Pepper To Taste

Tostada Shells

  • 6 Corn Tortillas Taco Size
  • Sea Salt To Taste

Vegetables

  • 1 Cup Frozen Corn
  • ½ Small Zucchini
  • ½ Orange Pepper Ribs and Seeds Removed
  • ¼ Small Red Onion
  • ½ tablespoon Lime Juice
  • ¼ teaspoon Paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon Cumin
  • teaspoon Chili Powder
  • teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil

Assembly

  • 16 Oz Canned Vegetarian Refried Beans Warmed
  • ½ Cup Cotija Cheese Crumbled-Optional
  • Salsa Optional
  • Sour Cream Optional
  • Hot Sauce Optional

Instructions

Mashed Avocado

  • Slice avocados in half with a sharp knife and remove the large seeds. Then scoop out the flesh of the avocado halves with a spoon and add to a large prep bowl.

  • Add in lime juice, salt and pepper to taste and mash with a spoon or fork until your desired texture is reached. Set aside and prepare remaining ingredients.

Cilantro Lime Slaw

  • Combine shredded green cabbage, lime juice, salt, pepper, and fresh cilantro to a medium sized prep bowl. Gently toss to combine and set aside and prepare the shells.

Homemade Tostada Shells

  • Lay corn tortillas in an even layer on a large baking sheet. Mist both sides with olive oil and sprinkle on salt and pepper.

  • Bake at 425 degrees F for 8-10 minutes flipping halfway through. The tortillas should be crispy and slightly browned. While the tortillas are baking cook the vegetables.

    *You can also use store bought shells and skip this step.

Vegetables

  • Slice and chop your red onion. Remove the ribs and seeds and chop the orange pepper into small pieces. Slice and chop the zucchini into small pieces and gently salt to release any excess moisture.

  • Add chopped vegetables, frozen corn, lime juice, salt, pepper, cumin and paprika to a large skillet. cook on medium-high heat for 5-7 minutes until vegetables are soft and fragrant. Once cooked move on to assembling the tostadas.

Assembly

  • Begin by gently smearing some warm refried beans on each tostada shell. I usually use ¼-1/3 of a cup for each one.

  • Next, divide and smear on some of the mashed avocado over top of the refried beans.

  • Divide the cooked veggies between the 6 tostadas and add over top of the mashed avocado.

  • Finally sprinkle on some of the cilantro lime slaw over top of everything. You can customize a bit more and add some cheese (my favorite is cotija), salsa, sour cream, hot sauce, fresh cilantro, or more. Enjoy!

Notes

Leftover Storage: I recommend storing all of the tostada elements separately and assembling when ready to eat. The shells can be stored at room temperature, the rest of the elements need to be stored in the fridge.

Time Saver Tip: You can make the slaw, and tostada shells ahead of time and store accordingly to save or prep time when making this meal.

Pro Tip: Be sure not to overload the tostadas when assembling them or they will be difficult to eat and could break.

*Nutrient Information does not include optional toppings

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Nutrition

Calories: 325kcalCarbohydrates: 40.9gProtein: 7.7gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 3.3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 251mgPotassium: 655mgFiber: 7.7gSugar: 2.6gCalcium: 33mgIron: 2mg

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FAQs

What does tostadas contain? ›

A tostada is a flat, crispy corn tortilla that is typically layered with mashed or refried beans, protein, cheese and toppings such as lettuce, tomatoes, salsa and avocado. In Spanish, the word tostada means toasted.

Why are my tostadas soggy? ›

If your oil is not hot enough when you put in the tortilla it will come out soggy and chewy, not crisp. To make sure the oil is at the right temperature, give it 4-5 minutes to heat up before you add the tortilla. The most exact way to know is to use an instant read deep fry thermometer.

Are tostadas supposed to be crunchy? ›

Since the word "tostada" means toasted, a toasted, crunchy base is a necessity for tostadas.

What's the difference between a tostada and a tortilla? ›

What is the difference between a tostada and a tortilla? A tostada is made out of a tortilla that has been baked or fried to get golden, crispy, and crunchy. It's similar to a tortilla chip, except that a tostada is the whole tortilla vs cut into triangles for chips.

What are tostadas called in English? ›

The word “Tostada” is Spanish for “toasted” and is the name of a Mexican dish that is served on a toasted or deep fried corn tortilla. The actual tostada (the toasted corn tortilla) is the base of the recipe and is topped with refried beans, cheese, meat, lettuce, and other toppings.

What are the best tortillas for tostadas? ›

It's usually made with a fried corn tortilla, topped with refried beans, shredded cheese, salsa, and other toppings. Anything that could go in a taco could also go on a tostada, so you can have fish tostadas, shredded chicken tostadas, or beef tostadas.

What is the best store bought tostada shell? ›

Mission Tostadas Estilo Casero

This brand won nearly unanimous praise for its “crisp and crunchy” texture and “good corn flavor.” It was “substantial, both in texture and flavor” even when topped with heavy, moist refried beans.

How many tostadas should I eat? ›

As you can see, a tostada can be a good source of some essential nutrients like magnesium, fiber and iron. Note that a normal serving of tostadas is 2-3 tostadas. When combined with other toppings like beans, vegetables and meat, tostadas can make a filling and balanced meal!

How to make a crispy tortilla? ›

Bake tortillas for 5 minutes, then turn tortillas using spatulas or tongs, rotate the cookie sheets, and bake for 3 to 6 minutes longer until tortillas are crispy and light brown.

Are tostadas bad for diet? ›

You can serve tostadas as a main meal, snack or appetizer. Your choice of toppings goes a long way to determine the nutritional value of the meal. The corn tortilla in itself does not contain a significantly high amount of calories.

How long do tostadas stay good for? ›

Once the package has been opened, its best to consume them within 7-10 days for optimum freshness and to avoid staleness. If tostada shells are homemade, they should be eaten within 2-3 days for the best quality. If you've taken the extra step to freeze your tostada shells, they can last up to 2-3 months.

What is a queen tostada? ›

Queen Tostada

Crispy flour tortilla bowl filled with refried beans, shreded lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole, sour cream & salsa, your choice of beef, or chicken.

Is a chalupa a tostada? ›

Known as little boats, chalupas have a concave shape that allows them to hold plenty of fillings, while tostadas are flat and crispy, providing a sturdy base for stacking ingredients. The tostadas are made from frying or toasting stale day-old tortillas, while chalupas are a fresh tortilla deep-fried.

What is a Cuban tostada? ›

Cuban tostada

In Cuban cuisine, tostada refers to a slice of handmade Cuban bread, cut lengthwise, buttered, and pressed. The bread is similar to French bread or Italian bread and is usually made in long, baguette-like loaves. It is the Cuban equivalent of toast.

Is corn tostadas healthy? ›

Since corn tortillas are made from milled corn they are considered a whole grain. Whole grain foods contain fiber and other beneficial nutrients. Eating a diet high in whole grains can lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer (3).

What are corn tostadas nutrition facts? ›

Corn Tostadas
  • Saturated Fat 2.5g 13%
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5g.
  • Monounsaturated Fat 2.5g.
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 210mg 9%
  • Total Carbohydrates 22g 8%
  • Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
  • Protein 2g.
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Do tostadas have gluten? ›

Our tostadas are also gluten free, and they never contain any lard, trans fat, or cholesterol. We recommend topping our tostadas with seasoned ground beef, refried beans, and monterey jack cheese for a tasty snack that everyone will love. Includes one 22 ct package of Guerrero Amarillas Classicas Yellow Tostadas.

Are fried tostadas healthy? ›

It is a good idea to bake or toast your tortillas rather than fry them. If you must fry, opt for a healthy cooking oil such as cold pressed virgin olive which is a better choice in food preparation. It helps to lower low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol which lowers the risk of stroke and heart disease.

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